Anindita Chakraborty

Anindita Chakraborty

artist bio

Anindita Chakraborty completed her BVA from Tripura Government College of Art and Craft, Tripura Central University and MFA (Painting) from University of Hyderabad in 2009. In 2008-2009 she was conferred with Young Talented Artists Award, for outstanding achievement in the field of Painting, by North East Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture. She has been part of various group shows, workshops and camps across India. In 2016 she was part of a two artists show titled "See Through Me" at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad. She was also part of group shows such as: "Born a Girl" Curated by Avani Rao Gandra at Goethe-Zentrum, German Cultural Centre; "Art for Young Collectors II" Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; Young Contemporaries II" An exhibition of Contemporary Art at Contemplate Gallery, Coimbatore; "Unfaithfully Yours", Curated by Alex Mathew, SKE gallery, Bangalore. Anindita was part of the Artist in Residency program at Kalakriti Art Gallery in 2016.

artist statement

I walk through the lane of fantasy in search of beauty and bliss, which lay central to a creative work. Beauty evolves mysteriously from the realm of unconsciousness as a coloured dream. The faculties of psyche such as imagination, intuition, and vision perform important roles in my paintings.

From the beginning of my journey in painting, I had been interested in figurative narration. Copying from magazines, news papers were the central part of the drawing of the figures then.

However these were beyond my Institutional education. But the journey had begun there and I joined BFA. Slowly but gradually I started painting of different faces as a metaphor to express my understanding about myself as a woman. It had continued till the early stage of my post graduation. Later, I had started portrait study of close friends and that dragged me to do my own portrait by looking at the mirror. Fascination of knowing 18th-19th century's western art, their techniques, elaborate costume and layers on paintings involved with hard and intense work had been reflected in my paintings. Although I am not wearing the costume practically only imposed to it and painted. Because as a painter, I believe that copying is a very traditional way of learning.

The references of western history had drawn and brought me to realize my domestic practice in the contemporary level. After post graduation gradually my interest moved towards my own dress with elaborate hair and that actually revealed my identity. I have started travel around my surroundings. This travel is not only confined to outer world but the inner world as well, which I called 'The Mind Travel', it can be possible when we close our eyes it can take us deep in to our imaginations without any limitations. Through the layers of colours I express the momentary bliss on the portrait. I have become interested to learn about the works of Frida kahlo, Jule Kraijer,Vija Celmins, Michael Borremans, where I found very sensitive style, techniques, meditative way of repetition, silent gestures and through that I could connect them with similar instinct. Most of my paintings are introspective and autobiographical. I think that, 'the Self' doesn't have an autonomous existence because it is always over shadowed by the reflection of our self on others. Most of all our understanding can be a projection of our own psyche.

My fascination with my long hair appeared as exaggerated, transformed and stylized in many ways in my paintings. In my works hair become the centre of attraction. I believe hair is the most gorgeous ornament for every girl. I started working with the idea of' 'preserving memories' by collecting my fragmented fallen dead hair. Hair is the only part of our body that can be preserved as long as we want. My aim is to explore this medium along with paintings, although both the mediums are extremely different.

I enjoy the volatility of the process of my work. My search for the self identity never get blocked, it continues river like, through the trajectory of aesthetic enquiry. To understand visual language and my existence in the contemporary level, I have determined to continue my practice in wider way.

Anindita Chakraborty